Curriculum mapping

The sections below provide tools and resources to help you design your course or map your curriculum. As SFU’s application for accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities moves forward, we will add more resources to assist instructors and programs with identification of learning outcomes and curriculum renewal in particular. If you would like assistance, please contact your Faculty’s educational consultant.

Curriculum mapping provides a planning framework

Curriculum mapping is a systematic process that helps faculty members, administrators, and staff develop a clear outline of anticipated learning outcomes, assessment practices, teaching delivery practices, and pedagogical intentions in a program. It has become integral to the provision of exemplary student learning experiences.

The Teaching and Learning Centre's educational consultants provide curriculum mapping support to Faculties and departments, working with partners from across the university to promote the design and delivery of high-quality programs. You can also take advantage of the resources shown below.

Try these resources

Planning tools

  • The TLC's Conversations About Teaching and Learning blog offers you a chance to engage in dialogue with your colleagues on curriculum mapping and to learn more about how they are integrating this tool into their practice.
  • McMaster University's Curriculum Planning page lists practical tools for curriculum mapping as well as related monographs and scholarly materials.
  • Teaching Support Services at the University of Guelph provides a Curriculum Development and Support page illustrating a systematic mapping approach to assist Faculties and departments in making evidence-based curricular decisions.
  • Wikipedia has an extensive list of concept- and mind-mapping software that can be used to map individual courses or collections of courses.

Design and planning templates

  • Program/course-level map template (Word) (to be added)

Resource lists

TLC literature

The following resources are available from the TLC lending library:

  • Dunn, D., McCarthy, M., Baker, S., & Halonen, J. (2011). Using quality benchmarks for assessing and developing undergraduate programs. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Stiehl, R., & Lewshuk, L. (2005). The mapping primer. Corvalis, OR: The Learning Organization.
  • Stiehl, R., & Lewshuk, L. (2008). The assessment primer. Corvalis, OR: The Learning Organization.
  • Stiehl, R., & Lewshuk, L. (2008). The outcomes primer (3rd ed.). Corvalis, OR: The Learning Organization.

The TLC's educational consultants have created a Zotero library to bring together relevant research and documents on course planning for those who wish to explore literature on this topic.

Other SFU curriculum mapping support

In addition to the TLC, SFU has several other units that create resources and/or provide support for curriculum mapping:

Further information